Ma­jor games this weekend

Rath­new to face Kil­te­gan

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

IT’S another busy weekend on the lo­cal club scene in Wick­low with a num­ber of crunch ties down for de­ci­sion across a range of cham­pi­onships.

Pick of the weekend has to be the meet­ing of Rath­new and Kil­te­gan in the Re­nault Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Group 2 on Sun­day evening at 7pm in Joule Park Aughrim.

Trevor Doyle’s men are sit­ting pretty on top of the group and will be rel­ish­ing the chance to ex­act some re­venge for the de­feat to Harry Mur­phy’s men last year.

Rath­new took care of Avon­dale in their open­ing game but met their match in Hol­ly­wood at the weekend and a draw was the re­sult af­ter a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing clash so a win in their third fix­ture would be most wel­come for the Vil­lage side.

The afore­men­tioned Hol­ly­wood have a very im­por­tant game against Bray Emmets on Satur­day in the county grounds at 6.30pm. Mick Mur­ray’s men are only one point above Bray af­ter two games and will not want to slip up against the north­ern out­fit and al­low them to leapfrog them in the group.

A su­perb game of foot­ball is in the pipe­line in the open­ing game in Joule Park Aughirm on Satur­day at 5pm when Balt­in­glass and AGB meet in Group 1. AGB pro­duced a stun­ning come­back to draw with Bless­ing­ton last weekend, while Balt­in­glass fin­ished strongly against Annacurra to leave them third in the group be­hind St Pat’s and Bless­ing­ton.

New­town and Annacurra will meet in Pearse’s Park with the prize of not be­ing bot­tom on of­fer af­ter the 7pm throw-in.

Some tasty In­ter­me­di­ate games on of­fer as well. Dunlavin get back on the field fol­low­ing the tragic loss of Louis Caplis when they face Kil­mac in round­wood while Laragh and Carnew prom­ises plenty of drama in the county grounds at 5pm on Sun­day ahead of the Rath­new v. Kil­te­gan Se­nior clash.

There’s a stag­gered dou­ble header in Pearse’s Park on Sun­day. Ballinacor and high-fly­ing Ti­na­hely throws in at 1pm while the sec­ond game gets un­der­way at 5pm be­tween Ash­ford and Bal­ly­manus where Paddy Mol­loy’s men will hope to main­tain win­ning ways with a win over a po­ten­tially de­pleted Ash­ford side de­pend­ing on the find­ings of the CCC in the af­ter­math of the brawl that oc­curred dur­ing the clash with Rath­new in Aughrim last weekend.

In Balt­in­glass at 7pm, re­vived Strat­ford-Grange­con take on Coolkenno at 7pm.

For all your fix­tures, check out page 45.

Emily McCarthy, Anna Mc­Nally and Ash­lee Nolan at the Coolkenno Cúl Camp.

Kath­leyn Far­rell, Kelly Mer­nagh, Cairo Lu­cas, Ruby Keogh, Aine Donoghue and Si­enna Dunne in Coolkenno.

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